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#21 QNoir

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    Posted 21 April 2014 - 07:58 PM

    I'm just amazed that Lillard completely lost Beverly to hit a 3 at the end of the 4th, and then again completely passed up Beverly and finished at the rim while fouling out Bev for the 3-point play and lead in overtime, yet Bev's defense is still immune from criticism. Last I checked, being 10 feet from your guy, leaving TJones to TRY to cover him in the final seconds is pretty horrible. Finding yourself behind your guy on a rim drive that was created without hitting a screen is pretty avoidable as well. Those are the 2 plays took the game for Portland. Just call it like you see it. Results.


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      Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:02 PM

      I'm just amazed that Lillard completely lost Beverly to hit a 3 at the end of the 4th, and then again completely passed up Beverly and finished at the rim while fouling out Bev for the 3-point play and lead in overtime, yet Bev's defense is still immune from criticism. Last I checked, being 10 feet from your guy, leaving TJones to TRY to cover him in the final seconds is pretty horrible. Finding yourself behind your guy on a rim drive that was created without hitting a screen is pretty avoidable as well. Those are the 2 plays took the game for Portland. Just call it like you see it. Results.

      Bev did block his shot on the drive right before he fouled out. I guess selective memory always helps when trying to make a weak point.

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        Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:22 PM

        Bev is quite injured.  See him limping in OT play.  I not sure how long that torn meniscus will last.  He made a tremendous effort on 80-90% capacity.  I hope his career doesn't get blown.


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          Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:44 PM

          Bev did block his shot on the drive right before he fouled out. I guess selective memory always helps when trying to make a weak point.

           

          You're not denying what happened, but naming ... something else that happened. Yeah, that helps. :/


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            Posted 21 April 2014 - 08:46 PM

            You can name plays where someone gets beat by an all star player, it doesn't make them bad.


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            #26 QNoir

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              Posted 21 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

              Hey, I think he's a great defender. But he has bad games and makes missteps, which I think can be criticized. See, when you rely on someone to do something, and they don't, it warrants notice. Otherwise, your motto will be "If you're a defensive player, nobody can ever, ever, ever, criticize your performance." What happened yesterday was more like a missed layup than a missed hail mary, to put it in perspective.


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              Posted 21 April 2014 - 10:48 PM

              Perspective is not always easy to maintain. We faced a franchise record setting performance by LA, and lost by 2 points. Our performance up and down the lineup was not impressive, to say the least. Even so, the game could have been won on the last possession.

               

              Last night's game was not a typical game for Houston. For some reason, ball movement was almost non existent. We didn't get to the playoffs by taking long distance jump shots exclusively. Where were the cutters to the rim? Where were the extra passes to find a decent open shot? Why did Harden seem to avoid driving to the rim?

               

              In addition, must we shorten our rotation just because these are the playoffs? We have excellent depth, but you would not know it by last night's box score. Parsons and Harden were gassed towards the end of the game and should have been rested sometime in the second half of the game. That is a coaching mistake I don't expect to see repeated.

               

              Hopefully, game 1 was a wakeup call for us. I still expect us to win this series in 6 games. But, we won't do it on emotion alone. That is the one aspect of Bev's game that concerns me. As a team we need to be calm, cool, and collected to grind out playoff wins. Emotion is fun and can contribute, but winning is about more than pure emotion. A few more assists and improved spacing is a lot more valuable than one man's emotional highs... 


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                Posted 21 April 2014 - 11:39 PM

                I love Bev's energy and intensity but sometime he went over the top. This is a playoff and showing emotion is fine but don't lose your cool and focus.

                To be really honest, Lillard's performance last night, his demeanor and plays, was excellent. He was like a seasoned veteran and went about his business quietly and lethally. I am not asking for passive. We must fire up the team, crowd, and all. But don't do unnecessary roughness. 


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                  Posted 21 April 2014 - 11:56 PM

                  Great offensive player > great defensive player

                   

                  Lillard is a top  5 PG in the NBA right now. If Rocket fans were counting on Beverley to lock down Lillard this series you either don't watch enough of Lillard (which is excusable since Blazer games usually start at 7:30 PST) or you think Beverley is better at defense than he really is. 

                   

                  Beverley makes "showy" defensive plays but when he's not making those plays he's an average defender. I applaud and admire his tenacity and devotion to the team when its obvious he's not 100% but I wonder if he keeps playing if he's actually hurting the team. Lets keep in mind that he's only on the team for his defense and his "toughness" that he brings. Well if Lillard gets whatever he wants on offense with just a mild distraction that Beverley currently offers should he be playing starter minutes? On offense hes below average so he now ins't contributing on both ends of the court. Lillard has a killer instinct and with Bev's latest re-injury Im certain Lillard will go for the kill against Beverley. Really wish the Rockets kept Aaron Brooks because they could really use some depth.

                   

                  If Mchales/Rockets gameplan was for Beverley to cancel out Lillard and for Harden to score at will to offset the mismatch the Blazers have at the PF position I really hope they have a plan B.

                   

                  Im worried, and so should the rest of you.

                   

                   


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                    Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:02 AM

                    Perspective is not always easy to maintain. We faced a franchise record setting performance by LA, and lost by 2 points. Our performance up and down the lineup was not impressive, to say the least. Even so, the game could have been won on the last possession.

                     

                    Last night's game was not a typical game for Houston. For some reason, ball movement was almost non existent. We didn't get to the playoffs by taking long distance jump shots exclusively. Where were the cutters to the rim? Where were the extra passes to find a decent open shot? Why did Harden seem to avoid driving to the rim?

                     

                    In addition, must we shorten our rotation just because these are the playoffs? We have excellent depth, but you would not know it by last night's box score. Parsons and Harden were gassed towards the end of the game and should have been rested sometime in the second half of the game. That is a coaching mistake I don't expect to see repeated.

                     

                    Hopefully, game 1 was a wakeup call for us. I still expect us to win this series in 6 games. But, we won't do it on emotion alone. That is the one aspect of Bev's game that concerns me. As a team we need to be calm, cool, and collected to grind out playoff wins. Emotion is fun and can contribute, but winning is about more than pure emotion. A few more assists and improved spacing is a lot more valuable than one man's emotional highs... 

                    This was a typical game for the Rockets in regards to ball movement at the end of games. There isnt any, and this isnt unusual. However the Rockets have been skating by on Harden's late game heroics of late and in the playoffs against a good team it wont work. Harden would rather take a bad shot then let anyone else take a shot. This is crazy. Even Jordan passed the ball. 

                     

                    Rockets fg% late in games is horrible because Harden takes every shot. He had a chance to win in regulation and to win or tie in OT, and both times he took heavily contested shots. And if these are the plays McHale is drawing up for final shots maybe he should let someone else draw up the play.


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                      Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:15 AM

                      I love Bev's energy and intensity but sometime he went over the top. This is a playoff and showing emotion is fine but don't lose your cool and focus.
                      To be really honest, Lillard's performance last night, his demeanor and plays, was excellent. He was like a seasoned veteran and went about his business quietly and lethally. I am not asking for passive. We must fire up the team, crowd, and all. But don't do unnecessary roughness.


                      I've seen similar posts lately about Beverley supposedly being a "dirty" player, etc.

                      I just want to point out to those fans who weren't yet alive or too young to remember, to DVR the ESPN 30 on 30 Special about the "Bad Boys" and the Detroit Pistons teams of the late 1980's and early 1990's.

                      The NBA of today is called completely different from that era. I just find it laughable some of the criticism of Beverley on this board from those who think he play's dirty.

                      As a Rockets TEAM fan, I don't understand the criticism of Beverley's play. However, I have a feeling certain critics of Beverley (and Harden, for that matter) have a much different agenda in mind. Something to do with the guy in the #7 jersey perhaps?

                      I believe it was Cooper, or perhaps it was another member, who earlier today said for the Rockets to succeed this playoff season, it would be important for BOTH Beverley and Lin to be healthy and contributing on the floor with their unique talents.
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                        Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:44 AM

                        This was a typical game for the Rockets in regards to ball movement at the end of games. There isnt any, and this isnt unusual. However the Rockets have been skating by on Harden's late game heroics of late and in the playoffs against a good team it wont work. Harden would rather take a bad shot then let anyone else take a shot. This is crazy. Even Jordan passed the ball. 
                         
                        Rockets fg% late in games is horrible because Harden takes every shot. He had a chance to win in regulation and to win or tie in OT, and both times he took heavily contested shots. And if these are the plays McHale is drawing up for final shots maybe he should let someone else draw up the play.


                        uojoe82, and others who feel the same way, please go back to the play by play breakdown (is right next to the box score on ESPN.com for each and every game). To more clearly make my point that Harden was doing anything but being a ball hog at the end of the game:

                        In Overtime, here is the offensive possession by possession for the Rockets:

                        Parsons misses 3 point shot. D12 rebounds and puts the ball in the bucket plus is fouled and makes his FT.

                        Lin makes layup and is fouled and makes the FT.

                        Parsons misses 5-foot shot.

                        Lin misses 3-point shot.

                        Lin makes 10-foot shot.

                        D12 is fouled making a move to the basket and makes both FT's.

                        Harden misses 2 point shot (1:10 left in OT, believe it or not Harden's first shot attempt in OT!)

                        Lin makes layup.

                        Harden misses layup. Lin rebounds, Parsons misses 3 point sht. Garcia rebounds and is fouled. Garcia makes 1/2 FT's. D12 rebounds Garcia's missed FT and is fouled and proceeds to make 1/2 FT's.

                        Harden misses 3 point shot. D12 erroneously called for foul (his 6th) which the NBA earlier today said was clearly a blown call.

                        Then it came down to the final play in the last 10 seconds. I heard some of Coach McHale's post game interview and that last play was clearly designed for Harden to drive to the basket. T Jones was in position to rebound (or possibly accept a pass from Harden if both players in the lane, assuming Harden drove hard to the basket at that moment, chose to concentrate on Harden). In the final 3-4 seconds after Harden inexplicably picked up his dribble and looked to pass, T Jones was covered in the lane and the passing lanes out to the 3-point line for either Parsons or Garcia was well covered leaving Harden's only option to shoot the off-balance 12 foot shot that was makeable. It just didn't drop.

                        Never mind the fact Harden, as the Rockets SG, once again led the team in assists with 6.
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                          Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:50 AM

                          I forgot to mention that there were only like 2.3 seconds left in regulation when the Rockets inbounded the ball to Harden. It's not like the Rockets could set up an elaborate play in the huddle, then execute perfectly with multiple passes. Especially when there were 0 timeouts left and the Rockets had difficulty inbounding the ball and Harden ended up receiving the inbounds pass in a completely different spot on the court than envisioned in the huddle.

                          Give it up to the Blazers. At times there team defense was spot on and this was one of those times.

                          Leaving Harden with an off balance long jumper (maybe it was a 3 pointer, I was sitting on the opposite side of the court) that was contested. Still, it bounced off the rim.

                          I'm just glad the Rockets have someone willing to take these kind of shots and is willing to deal with all the post-game criticism when the shot doesn't fall.
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                            Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:54 AM

                            uojoe82, and others who feel the same way, please go back to the play by play breakdown (is right next to the box score on ESPN.com for each and every game). To more clearly make my point that Harden was doing anything but being a ball hog at the end of the game:

                            In Overtime, here is the offensive possession by possession for the Rockets:

                            Parsons misses 3 point shot. D12 rebounds and puts the ball in the bucket plus is fouled and makes his FT.

                            Lin makes layup and is fouled and makes the FT.

                            Parsons misses 5-foot shot.

                            Lin misses 3-point shot.

                            Lin makes 10-foot shot.

                            D12 is fouled making a move to the basket and makes both FT's.

                            Harden misses 2 point shot (1:10 left in OT, believe it or not Harden's first shot attempt in OT!)

                            Lin makes layup.

                            Harden misses layup. Lin rebounds, Parsons misses 3 point sht. Garcia rebounds and is fouled. Garcia makes 1/2 FT's. D12 rebounds Garcia's missed FT and is fouled and proceeds to make 1/2 FT's.

                            Harden misses 3 point shot. D12 erroneously called for foul (his 6th) which the NBA earlier today said was clearly a blown call.

                            Then it came down to the final play in the last 10 seconds. I heard some of Coach McHale's post game interview and that last play was clearly designed for Harden to drive to the basket. T Jones was in position to rebound (or possibly accept a pass from Harden if both players in the lane, assuming Harden drove hard to the basket at that moment, chose to concentrate on Harden). In the final 3-4 seconds after Harden inexplicably picked up his dribble and looked to pass, T Jones was covered in the lane and the passing lanes out to the 3-point line for either Parsons or Garcia was well covered leaving Harden's only option to shoot the off-balance 12 foot shot that was makeable. It just didn't drop.

                            Never mind the fact Harden, as the Rockets SG, once again led the team in assists with 6.

                             

                            Basketball position is thrown out the window when it comes Harden.  He is an offensive maestro and a great shot maker.  It was just wasn't his night.  He suddenly acquired a case of hero ball and Stevie Wonder shooting accuracy at the same night.  When he shot the ball 3 minutes into the game after 6 seconds in the shot clock after dribbling it up, I had a bad feeling.

                             

                            However, He should revert to norm (I hope) so offensively the Rockets should be okay, aslong as the ball moves and they quit playing hero/iso ball.  This will be dependent on McHale to see if he can really get Harden and company to move the ball though.  Although, McHale a bit gutless in some ways to cater to his players needs.

                             

                            As for Bev, he's is a top 5 perimeter defender and all around super pest!  I fully expect him to start a full scale riot against OKC in future series.  Lin is also a good defender but he's not Beverly.  Guys with that bulldog/super pest style of full court defense are rare.  He may give up a layup or two (he's guarding NBA point guards, hardest to guard), but he makes life hella difficult for the other guy.  Hope he's ready to go for game two!!  LONG LIVE BEVERLY!!!


                            Edited by Baller93, 22 April 2014 - 12:55 AM.

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                            #35 rocketrick

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                              Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:06 AM

                              Basketball position is thrown out the window when it comes Harden.  He is an offensive maestro and a great shot maker.  It was just wasn't his night.  He suddenly acquired a case of hero ball and Stevie Wonder shooting accuracy at the same night.


                              I just disagree with the premise that Harden "suddenly acquired a case of hero ball..." which is always a major criticism of Harden as an individual and a major criticism of the Rockets play calling in the waning minutes of games.

                              It would probably help if there was some off-ball movement to potentially open someone on the opposite side of the court when Harden has the ball and is looking to create. However, there is always the chance of a moving screen being called, etc. completely blowing the opportunity to take a shot. In the end, there is no chance to score if no attempt is made at the basket.

                              Besides, Harden has shown time and again (although he is not perfect, nobody is, not even the all-time great MJ) the propensity to take a tough contested shot and make it or draw a foul, etc. in these situations. Even if he misses the tough contested shot, take it early enough in the clock to allow time for a rebound and putback.

                              I've seen analytics arguments on both sides of the end of game isolation plays. I believe each situation is different and unique in terms of precisely the game situation, who the opponent is, how much time is left on the clock, where the ball is received from the in bounds play, etc. More often than not, the referees are going to swallow their whistles in the waning seconds and the best strategy is to have the ball in the hands of someone who time and again has shown propensity to take and make difficult shots. Yes, they will not always drop. And that's when the critics really come out howling.

                              It's just part of the game, the second guessing and all.

                              Go Rockets!!!
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                                Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:12 AM

                                This will be dependent on McHale to see if he can really get Harden and company to move the ball though.  Although, McHale a bit gutless in some ways to cater to his players needs.


                                I just don't agree with some of the criticism of McHale, either. McHale is well known and regarded as being a player's coach. So somehow believing McHale is "a bit gutless in some ways to cater to his players needs" seems to be oversimplifying things in my opinion.
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                                  Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:21 AM

                                  Maybe gutless is too strong of a word.  Then again, I can't stand coaches that are cozy with players.  Outside of Popovich, who I think is the greatest coach in the history of the universe, I can't see any other coach who gets players to do what he wants.  I love the fact that Pops benches his stars when they don't do what he wants them to do.  Love seeing that!  

                                   

                                  McHale is just one of the many coaches who wants to be buddies with his players.  Ugh... Guess I'm getting old.  Rather have my players hate me and respect me, then be friends with me and can't get them to follow the gameplan, I suppose.  

                                   

                                  One of the enduring images of the night to me was at the 1:01 mark of the first quarter.  When McHale is yelling at Dwight and James to get back on D, that's a bad sign.  Picture of his face was pure frustration that I know waaaaaayy too well.  :-D


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                                    Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:44 AM

                                    Maybe gutless is too strong of a word.  Then again, I can't stand coaches that are cozy with players.  Outside of Popovich, who I think is the greatest coach in the history of the universe, I can't see any other coach who gets players to do what he wants.  I love the fact that Pops benches his stars when they don't do what he wants them to do.  Love seeing that!  
                                     
                                    McHale is just one of the many coaches who wants to be buddies with his players.  Ugh... Guess I'm getting old.  Rather have my players hate me and respect me, then be friends with me and can't get them to follow the gameplan, I suppose.


                                    So, what NBA Coaches have had success by being uncozy (the opposite of your choice of word, "cozy") with players?

                                    Even Popovich doesn't always get his players to do what he wants. Although I am in the camp that Popovich is the best Coach in the NBA today.

                                    I don't recall Popovich sitting one of his stars in the final seconds or minute of an important game. True, he has sat Parker and others in the past. But I think that's much more in the past than recent times as the Spurs are clearly the most veteran team in the league and their key players have been together for so many years now I have simply lost count.

                                    When you state "McHale just wants to be buddies with his players", just exactly what are you basing this on? Does he go out to the same clubs as Harden and Parsons and D12, etc. after the game and buy his players drinks, etc.? Or maybe invites everyone over for a BBQ?

                                    What NBA Coach has had success in this league with the simple strategy of being the boss and taskmaster and strict disciplinarian? Even successful coaches like Phil Jackson have their soft side.

                                    I get it, some people just don't like Coach McHale and don't believe he has what it takes to lead the Rockets. But some of the negative McHale conotations just simply leave me scratching my head in disbelief. McHale has been there, he knows what it takes to win an NBA Title. He has the rings to prove it. And I believe his players have bought in. The only dissension I hear is on these boards (and other boards) from fans who have absolutely no idea what goes on in the lockerroom and in those huddles, etc.

                                    Edited by rocketrick, 22 April 2014 - 01:45 AM.

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                                      Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:48 AM

                                      One of the enduring images of the night to me was at the 1:01 mark of the first quarter.  When McHale is yelling at Dwight and James to get back on D, that's a bad sign.  Picture of his face was pure frustration that I know waaaaaayy too well.  :-D


                                      An example of McHale "cozying" up and trying to be a "buddy" to his players? :>O

                                      Edited by rocketrick, 22 April 2014 - 01:48 AM.

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                                        Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:51 AM

                                        Harden looked like he was too gassed to drive to the hoop and was settling for 3pt shots and jumpers.  Looked like a man playing with a virus or something.  Maybe having Matthews post him up in the 1Q had somethng to do with his energy level.  As well as Lin played, I think he needs to do more of the heavy lifting.  If your teammate is clearly gassed, Lin needs to take charge out there. While Matthews was attacking our worst defensive player, we did not attack their worst defensive player as much. 

                                         

                                        I'm really confused - I know Bev is valuable because he sets the tone for the starters.  But with two superstars why does Bev need to set the tone?  Bev is obviously not alright, even before the LMA screen.  I think they need to sit him because he is hurting the team by playing, and hurting himself too. 

                                         

                                        I think DMo should have some burn too.  He's long enough to give LMA some trouble.  Jones did a lousy job boxing out and not helping from the weak side when he should have.  DMo should be ok chasing LMA around for a bit while Howard camps out underneath and be able to pick his spots to double down.  Lopez is not much of a threat.


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